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Debbie Ohi
Works at Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Attended University of Toronto
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Happy #InternationalLiteracyDay! Educators: feel free to downloand & print any of my free literacy-focused activity sheets, reading logs, posters and bookmarks:
http://debbieohi.com/read

(includes Minecraft & Pokemon Go themes)
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Bad dog. For more comics for writers, see Inkygirl.com.
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I'M SO EXCITED! The three Judy Blume chapter books that I illustrated are coming out as a boxed collection from Atheneum Books For Young Readers on October 4, 2016: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Judy-Blume-Chapter-Book-Collection/Judy-Blume/9781481485708

If you're curious about how I became a Judy Blume illustrator: http://debbieohi.com/judyblume

and you can read about the details of how the illustrations were created with the input of the author PLUS my wonderful art director on the project, Lauren Rille (Lauren did the cover design of the revamped Judy Blume books): https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/creating-a-new-look-for-judy-blume-classics-by-debbie-ridpath-ohi/
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"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery." - Robert Cormier

(Quote above & others available as free, print-ready posters for classrooms, libraries, bookstores and elsewhere: http://debbieohi.com/read)
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+Denise Turney Thanks, Denise!
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Shadow story art using a stalk of hardy geranium from our garden. https://www.instagram.com/p/BF9tgqsK9HL/?taken-by=inkygirl
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Here's a drawing of my superpower. What's YOURS? Some dream of invisibility or being able to fly, but each of us already has a real-life superpower that can change the world.

Post YOUR drawing & you may win a copy of Laurent Linn's Draw The Line and one of his original drawings!!! Details and how to enter: http://rivetedlit.com/2016/05/17/draw-the-line-what-is-your-superpower/

In Laurent’s powerful debut novel, DRAW THE LINE, Adrian Piper Adrian Piper creates a superhero version of himself named Graphite. As Adrian tries to do in his own life with his creations, he gives Graphite the superpower of art to fight brutality. He also draws superhero versions of his best friends, bestowing upon them powers unique to who they really are.

So we’d like you to create a drawing of you as a superhero.

Everyone can make a difference in the world, no matter who we are or what we do. What would your superhero look like, and what would be your unique superpower? It should be what you love to do: for example, it could be art, writing, math, cooking, making people laugh . . . anything! How could you change the world?

Enter the Riveted "Draw The Line: What is YOUR Superpower" Sweepstakes and you may win a copy of the book and an original illustration of Graphite based on the art from the book!
See details and how to enter on the Riveted website: http://rivetedlit.com/2016/05/17/draw-the-line-what-is-your-superpower/

‪#‎DTLMySuperpower‬
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I loooove +Marcie Colleen's #SuperHappyPartyBears chapter book series (wonderfully illustrated by Steve James), just launched from Imprint/Macmillan this week. I've posted my thoughts about this new series on Inkygirl.com, PLUS Marcie was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/9/8/why-i-love-super-happy-party-bears-plus-three-questions-with.html
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Such a great line up! Congrats, Marcie!
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Last year, I raved about how much I enjoyed Kevin Sands's debut novel, THE BLACKTHORN KEY. The sequel, MARK OF THE PLAGUE launches from Aladdin / Simon & Schuster today! Kevin was kind enough to answer Three questions for Inkygirl.com readers, including advice for young writers:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/9/6/advice-for-young-writers-apothecaries-mark-of-the-plague-thr.html

More info about The Blackthorn Key series:
http://www.simonandschuster.com/series/Blackthorn-Key 
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Thanks to all those who answered my quickie reading format poll! 424 people participated, and here are the results: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/9/5/poll-results-people-still-love-print-books-but-many-also-rea.html
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Used part of my advance from I'M SAD (sequel to I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black that I'm going to illustrate for S&S yay) to upgrade my camera equipment so I can take better pics for found object doodles. My iPhone is fine for casual pics, but I need better quality/resolution for book projects.

And YES, I am thinking about finally doing a found object picture book! I've considered using found object illustrations in a previous project but it never worked out because I just didn't have a good enough setup.

I decided on a Canon Rebel T6s and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, and finally made the purchase yesterday! LOVE my new camera and lens. Still have so much to learn but WOW, the macro lens is making me look at everything differently.

p.s. Pencil courtesy the American Library Association. :-) I picked it up at ALA in San Francisco last year.
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Doodling with the shadow of a lily-of-the-valley blossom.
I know some gardeners hate lily-of-the-valley because it can spread like a weed, but I still love it. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFwjxVIK9Eq/?taken-by=inkygirl
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Love your doodles Debbie.
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Doodling with the shadow of my tea cup this morning.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGCIL7Cq9Is/?taken-by=inkygirl
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Introduction
In a nutshell:
I write and draw for young people. Former systems analyst/programmer. Hobbies: Board gamer, filker, songwriter/musician.

Illustrator of Michael Ian Black's picture book, I'M BORED (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Sept/2012). I'M BORED was chosen by The New Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. More reviews, honors: http://DebbieOhi.com/bored

Current and upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, HarperCollins Children's, and Random House Children's Books. See: http://debbieohi.com/books

My blog for children's book writers & illustrators:

My projects blog: DebbieOhi.com

To contact me:


 Author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books). Represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd.

My illustrated short story "Kodama" appears in teen anthology TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), and my YA novel-in-progress was been nominated for the 2011 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Interests (& multiple blogs) on writing (especially writing for young people), children's book illustration, digital publishing and ebooks, iPads, creativity, instapoems, web comics, art licensingfilking, writing songs for & performing with my music group, board gaming. Daily publishing industry news columnist for Writersmarket.com. You can hear soundclips from my music group (Urban Tapestry) recordings on CDBaby.

For more info about my projects, please see DebbieOhi.com.

On Twitter:
@inkyelbows (writing), @BGGgirl (board gaming), @DebbieOhi (livechat), @DebOhi (personal).

GOOGLE+ GUIDES FOR NEWBIES
(especially writers & illustrators):

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MY GOOGLE+ BIZ PAGES:
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I'm Bored (book page)

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MY GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES:
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UPDATE: Now that Google+ has communities, these directories will no longer be actively promoted/updated.


Kidlit/YA Pages: business pages for writers, illustrators editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.

The rest of the list pertain to Profile accounts rather than Biz Pages:

Kidlit/YA: writers, editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.


Digital Publishing & Ebooks: Future of publishing,  e-books, e-readers, technology that affects digital publishing.



Comics & Webcomics: For those interested in reading or creating webcomics.

Creating on the iPad: people who create (not just consume) on the iPad. e.g. writing, music, art, etc.

Filkers: Those interested in filk and filking.

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Keywords:

kidlit, MG, writer, illustrator, kidlit writer, kidlit illustrator, picture books, picture book writer, picture book illustrator, SCBWI, poet, boardgamer, board gamer, board games, filk, filker, iPads, digital publishing, ebooks

Bragging rights
Blogger since 1994. Wrote a book. Writing & illustrating more. Founder of Inkspot & Inklings (one of the first websites for writers). Sold a website. My music group's performed in Canada, U.S., Germany & England. Illustrating a picture book for Simon & Schuster USA.
Education
  • University of Toronto
  • Bramalea Secondary School
  • Earnscliffe Public School
Work
Occupation
Writer, Illustrator
Employment
  • Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
    Writer & illustrator, 2010 - present
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
Ridpath
Debbie Ohi's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

HangoutParty.com
www.hangoutparty.com

HangoutParty.com is the site to view of all the most happening Hangouts taking place on Google+. Watch and participate in concerts, lectures

Daily motivation: #amwriting - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writer...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

GalleyCat
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The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry

NaNoWriMo Music Videos & NaNoWriMo Comics & a new NANOTOONS Face...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

KidLitArtists
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Children's book illustrator group brought together by the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program. Twitter: @KidLitArtists

iPadGirl - For Writers, Librarians, Editors and Bibliophiles
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Digital publishing industry (esp. effect on children's publishing), e-books, iPads apps for writers. How writers & illustrators can get the most out of their

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - For Writers, Librarians, Ed...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Video interview & book trailer: THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Miche...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Comic: Pirate Plagiarism (in honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day) - Inkygirl...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (TIFF Review) - Debbie's Bl...
debbieohi.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Home · About. Writing. Inkygirl Blog For Writers · Blatheringspersonal · iPadGirl · Beware The Squirrel · Instapoem · Second Life ...

Debbie's Blatherings - Illustrator & writer
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Home · About. Writing. Inkygirl Blog For Writers · Blatheringspersonal · iPadGirl · Beware The Squirrel · Instapoem · Second Life ...

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Gu...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Sketch Club App for iPad: Fun To Use, With Built-In Community - iPadGirl...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Digital publishing industry (esp. effect on children's publishing), e-books, iPads apps for writers. How writers & illustrators can get the most out of their

terrorist attac - Blatherings 2001 Archive - Illustrator & writer
debbieohi.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Home · About. Writing. Inkygirl Blog For Writers · Blatheringspersonal · iPadGirl · Beware The Squirrel · Instapoem · Second Life ...

Kalendar is one of my favorite brunch places in Toronto (I reviewed the place for blogTO years ago). Food is excellent, though wait times can sometimes be long. Despite being one of the first customers to arrive this morning (Sunday), for example, it took nearly an hour to get our food. After we inquired twice, another staff member apologized and said they had a new omelette chef, offered us free mimosas.
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